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What's to Gain from Pain?

05/07/2010 22:01:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what it'd be like to be impervious to pain? As a martial artist, it'd certainly have its perks. It's the sort of superhuman power that belongs in comic books. Amazingly for some people it is a reality.Congenital Insensitivity ...

Martial Arts Addiction

04/24/2010 23:02:00 PM

I'm frequently told that we should aim for moderation in all things but when I look to those exceptional people – the people I find truly inspiring – moderation isn't exactly something they have in spades. To be honest, it's never been my ...

Dojo Diary and the 10,000 Hour Rule

04/14/2010 21:43:00 PM

Well, it's been a little quiet around here of late and one of my recent commentors pointed out that “writing is a discipline too" and one that “shouldn’t be neglected”. This is true. But, when life gets busy I think we sometimes have ...

Make Your Own Chiishii

01/27/2010 20:00:00 PM

Building a chiishi is one of the first things I set about doing when I got back to Aus and since then I've had a few additional requests. Lukily, like most traditional hojo undo equipment, the chiishi is relatively inexpensive and easy to make. ...


01/11/2010 12:06:00 PM

The chiishi (pictured above) is one of my favourite hojo undo training tools. It may not look like much, but don't let that fool you - you can do more with this little cement stick than half a dozen pieces of training equipment at the gym. Like ...

Sensei’s Secret Techniqe

12/15/2009 05:15:00 AM

If you visit the Honbu dojo for some daytime training you may arrive to find the door closed and two rather large wooden clogs out the front…While Sensei would never begrudge anyone entry, the clogs serve as a subtle ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign ...

Speedy Senses

10/27/2009 13:59:00 PM

In martial arts we spend a lot of our time trying to make the body fast however, self defence also requires training the senses. Sensei would sometimes tell us stories of his early training years and nights where they'd practice kakie, bunkai ...

Black-Eye Tamago

10/11/2009 20:28:00 PM

Just wanted to share a little home remedy recipe for black eyes courtesy of Kuramoto-Sensei.Hard boil one large egg (or two if you've had an exceptionally bad night).Peel while still hot.Apply rounded end directly to eye for several minutes.Consider ...

Dojo Kun - Lost in Translation?

09/28/2009 07:11:00 AM

Most people are familiar with the dojo kun – the ethics or guiding principals for students of traditional dojos. Within IOGKF, the English version of the dojo kun (below) are pretty well known and some clubs even recite them at the end of ...

Training in the Honbu Dojo

09/01/2009 22:01:00 PM

Karate Kenkyu Club (circa 1926). Left to right: Tokunori Senaha, Keiyo Madambashi, (two unknown), Chojun Miyagi, Seko Higa, (unknown), Seiko Kina.A lot of people have asked me about training since I’ve been back so I thought I’d write a ...

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